beyondthesea25

Gakuen Babysitters

Chapter 107

After their parents are killed in a plane crash, Ryuuichi and his younger brother Kotarou are taken in by the chairman, who they never met before, of an elite academy. Ryuuichi becomes the school daycare's new babysitter.

Language: English

Summary

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(Even though these two become 100 years old, ... ) they are still adorable, unquestionably ~~~.

"The child is father to the man. [William Wordsworth: 1770-1850, a major English Romantic poet]" Here we are reminded that our formative years (approximately between the ages of three and twelve years) plant the seeds of our personalities and our att1tudes. (Therefore, it is important that we are to be exposed to all sorts of good stimuli during those years.)

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Gosh ---- ...

( Ta-dah -- ! )

( Leaving in haste. )

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( Removed a bike helmet. )

Hey, you ... !

Pardon ... ? Oh ...

( Stared at him. )

Yes ... !?

Ahh ... HE wants me ... ?

You tell me how to get "School Babysitting Room." ....

"Morinomiya School Babysitting Room."

And, here, someone got teary-eyed, too ...

"Panda-chan got teary-eyed."

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Indeed, he has weepy eyes ....

Ahhh .... Taguma (He means his brother, "Takuma.") .... !

Oh, dear ... Kazu-kun and Taku-kun ... ? What's wrong ... ?

I don't want you to go ...

( Clinging. )

I need a wee ... !!

Oh, really ... !?

Right ... In that case, let's go to the bathroom now ....

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NOOO --- ! Takuma, I do not want you to go --- !

Oh, Kazuma ... You mean THAT "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." .... ?

Because, I don't like THAT "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." ---- !

Earlier, I read a story called "San-mai no o-fuda (Lit., The Three Charms and Mountain Witch)." ... Oh, I remember. that time, he was so frightened, all right ~~~~.

[ Author's NOTE ] Kazuma is so frightened now simply because the illustration of "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch) looked so scary in that story book.

In fact, that little mischievous monk went to the bathroom in the story .... And, THAT horrible "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)" chased after him, didn't she ... ? [ Translator's NOTE ] Dear Readers, if you'd like to read this Japanese folklore in English, please search for "Japan Folklore, "San-mai no o-fuda" on the internet.

[Ryūichi] Usaida-san ....

[Ryūichi] Don't worry .... !! "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)" will never come here to get you ... ! Now, Taku-kun, Bathroom, remember ... ? You'd better hurry up ... !!

No, don't go, Taguma (Takuma) .... !!

[Usaida] Oh, Ryū-chan ...

You've got a phone call .... Ahh, it's from your cl@ssmate, Uso-kawa-kun, actually ....

( Fell down. )

In that case, I answer the phone (on behalf of him), then ....

Oh, boy ... Kazu-kun ....

[Ryūichi] Ahhh .... Now isn't the time to answer the phone ....

Well ... h*llo ... ?

[Taka] Oh, come on ... You're scared of THAT "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)" ... ?

No way ... !

[Usaida] Hey, Ryū-chan ... Seriously, we've got a problem ....

[Ryūichi] Pardon ... ?

[Kirin] I'm not scared of THAT "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)," either ....

Oh, really ... ? Right ....

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[Usaida] Apparently, instead of "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)," one "Yakuza (a gangster, meaning an individual involved in a Mafia-like criminal organization)"-ish guy is heading for this Babysitting Room now .... [ NOTE ] The "Yakuza" are notorious for their strict codes of conduct, their organized fiefdom nature, and several unconventional ritual practices such as "Yubi-tsume (a way to be punished or to show sincere apology and remorse to another, by means of amputating portions of one's own little finger)." "Yakuza" members are often described as males with heavily tattooed bodies and slicked hair, yet this group is still regarded as being among the most sophisticated and wealthiest criminal organizations. At their height, the "Yakuza" maintained a large presence in the Japanese media and operated internationally. In fact, in the early 1960s police estimated that the "Yakuza" had a membership of 184,100. However, in recent years their numbers have dwindled with the latest figure from the National Police Agency estimating that as of 2016 the number of members in all 22 designated gangs was 39,100. This decline is often attributed to changing market opportunities and several legal and social developments in Japan which discourage the growth of "Yakuza" membership. Yet, despite their dwindling numbers, the "Yakuza" still regularly engage in an array of criminal activities, and many Japanese citizens remain fearful of the threat these individuals pose to their safety [Wikipedia].

Huh ... ? Are you talking about me, then .... ?

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( HE stared at them. )

[Taka] Oh, NOOO --- ! [Kotarō] What's going on ... ?

Ahhh ... Excuse me, Sir ... May I have your name, please ... ?

( Calmed down. )

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( Willingly. )

( Willingly. )

( Strode. )

( Jumped down. )

Grandpa ---- !!

( Running. )

( Running. )

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Oh ....

( Grinned. )

It means .... You're ....

Oh, Takuma and Kazuma ... How lovely to see you, boys --- !

Grandpa ...

Grandpa --- !!

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[Ryūichi] So, you're Takuma-kun and Kazuma-kun's Grandfather ..... ?

Oh, I didn't know that, Sir .... I'm sorry if I'm coming off as rude ...

You're the one, hmmm .... ?

[Grandpa] Oh, I see ....

( Boys are touching HIS beard. )

I mean .... you're still a high school student, however, ... you're looking after these children, right .... ?

( Boys are touching HIS beard. )

Ahh ... Yes, that's right, Sir ... !! But, ... Well ... I have this little brother ... So that, I'm familiar with looking after little children ....

Yes, I'm a school student ... So, I understand you may have some concerns, though ....

Big Brother .... Is this "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." ... ?

[Ryūichi] Kotarō ... !

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( Held ! )

( Suddenly appeared. )

[Ryūichi] (If you have some concerns,) Ahh ....

[Ryūichi] I'm sorry, Sir ....

Good boy ... !!

( Stroking his head rather wildly. )

[Umi-chan] Kazuma and Takuma's Mum.

Actually, I’ve heard a lot about you from my daughter, Umi ... She is right ... You're such a good boy .... !!

[Usaida] Oh, NO ... Ryū-chan, your head may fall off ....

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( His hair is messy now. )

( Stroking his head gently. )

The same as always, ... I would like you to show Takuma and Kazuma a good example ...

[Ryūichi] Ahhh ...

Thank you for your kind words, Sir ....

Listen, "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." .... ! You stop burying Ryū --- !

Kazuma and Takuma's Grandfather's leg.

[Ryūichi] Oops ... !

You shouldn't do that ... !

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Everyone, I'm fine ... I am not bullied by this gentleman at all ... !!

Oh, another thing .... This gentleman isn not "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)," anyway .... !

Ryū ---. I really need to go for a wee ... !

You shouldn't say such a thing ... !

Excuse me, Sir ... I am to take Taku-kun to the bathroom now .... !!

Oh, that's right ... !

Can you hold it ... ? We will be there soon, Taku-kun ...

I need to go for a wee ---.

Daguma (Takuma) ---- ! Don't go ---- !!!

NOOOO ----- !!

"Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." ---- !!!

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Ahhh .... This boy has been saying "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)" again and again ... What's that all about ... ?

AHHHHH ----- !!!

Well ---.....

"Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." --- !!

Taguma (Takuma) ---- !!!

[Usaida is thinking.] If I tell him the truth, ... HE might encase me in concrete and throw it away ... ?

Is my safety ensured (even though I tell him the truth) ... ?

KIDS' Bathroom.

I feel better now ---.

Thank goodness ... We made it ...

( Sighed. )

That's great ... Indeed ...

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Now, I wash my hands ... !!

Warning: One "Yakuza"-ish guy with a beard is heading for School Babysitting Room !

To be exact, he is Usokawa-kun (Ryūichi's cl@ssmate).

Usaida-san scared me a lot ... So that, at first, I was so nervous, though ...

By the way, Takuma-kun ... Your Grandpa is kind and awesome, isn't he .... ?

Oh, Grandpa ---.

[Ryūichi is thinking.] Now, I think I understand why ... not only Takuma-kun but also ....

I love him so so so so much ---- !

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... Kazuma-kun loves their Grandfather very much ... even though Kazuma-kun is easily frightened ....

( Sobbing. Weeping. )

( Determined. )

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[Ryūichi] Oh, dear ....

[Ryūichi] Well ....

What is going on here ... ?

Oh ---.

Hi, ya ~~~~. Ryū-chan ....

( Weeping. Sobbing. )

Listen, Kazuma ...

Your friends thought I am "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)" in that story ... So that, they stood up to me because they thought I'm a dangerous man ... But, what were you doing that time, hmmm .... ?

Really, you're weeping, sobbing and crying easily ... You can't just stay like this forever and ever, my dear ...

[The audience thought] Wait a minute ... Perhaps, now, Grandpa is talking about ...

The day will come one day when you grow up and become an adult ... Yet, you still cry, sob and weep easily ... ? You don't want to be called you're a wuss, do you ... !!?

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Got it ... You mean Takuma and Kazuma's Dad ---- !!

This is Kōsuke-kun, Kazuma and Takuma's Dad. He is a wuss ...

[Kirin] That's right ... Their Papa-san, all right ... !

[Taka] Oh, I know him very well ... !!

... Wait ... It means Kōsuke-kun is often sobbing, crying and weeping here, too .... ?

Yay ---. Daddy --- !

Yes, he is like that, Sir ....

Oh ... Well ...

[Ryūichi] Such a thing ... Of course ....

... I knew it ...

[Ryūichi] Usaida-san .... !!

Listen to me, Kazuma ....

You cannot go on like this, my dear ....

Well ...

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( Here it is ! ) Grandpa showed the illustration of TAHT (scary) "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)."

Now, you sit down in front of me and ... look at this illustration of "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)" in this story book -----.

You are to be a strong man, Kazuma ... ! Here, come on, get used to it ... !!

( Shocked. )

( Determined. )

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( Glanced at the story book ..... )

Oh ...

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But, here she is ... "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." ---- !!

NOOOO ------ !!! "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." ---- !!!

Well done ... !

It is brave of you ... ! I'm proud of you, Kazuma ... !!

[Usaida] Ahhh ... But, Sir ... Is that all ... ? Your grading scale is very lenient, isn't it .... ?

AHHHH ---- !!!

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It can't be helped ...

He's been the apple of Grandpa's eye.

Grandchildren are so sweet and adorable ... You're still young ... So, you can't fully understand that until you have your own grandchildren ... !!

[Usaida] Oh, I see ...

Grandpa ....

Here, Takuma is also ...

.... brave enough to look at "Yama-n-ba (Lit., Mountain Witch)." ....

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Right... !!! Takuma, you are amazing, too ... !

Hey, Grandpa ... Me, too ... !! Look, I did that, too ...

Now, I'm not scared of you at all, Grandpa .... !

( Stroking his head gently. )

[Takuma] Am I amazing ... ?

[Kirin] I am not scared of you, either .... !

[Grandpa] Well, well, everyone ... In that case, with Kazuma, ...

( Hahaha. )

[Ryūichi] Oh, everyone ....

[Kotarō] Indeed ....

You're a girl, however, ... it is better for you to be tough and strong, surely ....

Everyone, line up, please ... And then, Grandpa strokes his/her head gently ...

... why don't you train yourselves to be (mentally) strong, hmmm ... !!?

( Hahaha. )

[Taka] Oh, yes ... I want to be a strong man --- !

( His/Her hair is messy now. )

[Usaida] Oh, It means ... you give special training session to the kids .... although your grading scale is very lenient, Sir .... ?

See ... ? Now, all the children opened up to Grandpa ...

( His/Her hair is messy now. )

Special Training Program 2.

Greet a teacher whom all the children are not familiar with ....

Grandpa showed the kids how to do it.

And, HE gave a special training session to Kazuma-kun and other children to make them be (mentally) strong (?) ....

Good afternoon, Sir ....

( A little bit shocked. )

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Good afternoon, Sir .... !!

( Very nervous. )

Ahhh .... Good afternoon, Sir ....

( Smug look. )

Oh, yes ... Good afternoon, everyone ....

Good ... You're doing very well ...

You all are so lovely ....

Touch and stroke a cat.

Special Training Program 3.

( Purring. )

Oh, you're lovely ... Mr. Cat ...

[Usaida] Ahhh ... This isn't a training session ... Simply, they're just having fun outside, aren't they .... ?

Seriously --- ....

Dad ... !!

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Oh, hi, Umi ---.

Oh, please ... ! Actually, I've just got a message from Mum ... She asked me if you are here or not, Dad ... !

If you wanted to see us here, that's fine ... But, let me know that earlier, please ... !

[Umi] Oh, I'm so sorry, Ryūichi-kun and Usaida-kun ... I hope my father didn't bother you, though ..... ?

Oh ... Not at all ... Everything Is Fine ...

Did I bother these two young guys .... ? That can't be happening ... No way ... !!

Umi, who do you think I am ... ? I'm your father, you know ....

Anyway, ... today, I saw my adorable grandchildren's faces for the first time in a long time ....

Right, children ... Lovely to meet you ... !

[Taka] Grandpa ... You're leaving here, already .... ?

Also, Umi ... I saw your face, too ... Really, you always look easy-going, don't you ... ? Well, I think it's about time for me to go home now ....

[Umi] Pardon ... ?

Wait ... Dad ... !?

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[Kazuma and Takuma] Grandpa ---- !!

( Running. )

Oh, Takuma and Kazuma ... You two want to come with me ... ?

[Umi] Takuma ... ! Kazuma ... ! Oh, Dad ... You as well ... !! Just wait ...

Ahhh ... I'm very sorry, Ryūichi-kun and Usaida-kun ....

Oh, children ... See you tomorrow ... !

Today, I'm taking those two boys home now ...

[Ryūichi] Oh, yes, of course ...

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Three of you ... Wait --- !!

Well, well ....

After all, ... I wonder what made HIM come here today .... ?

( Running. )

Well, simply, HE wanted to see HIS dear grandchildren ...

That's all, I reckon .....

[Ryūichi is thinking.] Sure ...

I don't know the details ... such as what actually made HIM come here today ... ?

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[Usaida] Right ... I'm with you .....

[Ryūichi is thinking.] But, Grandpa just felt like coming here to see HIS dear family members - HIS grandchildren ....

Personally, I think .... it's obvious everyone feels like that, though ....

What is going on ... ?

( Stroking his head gently. )

Right ---. Then, we'd better come back to our School Babysitting Room now, hmmm ---- ?

Oh ... !

What is this all about, Usaida-san .... ?

Well, I just imitate THAT Grandpa ...

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That night, here, at the MAMIZUKA Family's place ....

[Umi's Mum] Really, I'm very sorry for this, Umi ~~~~.

Well ... The other day, HE received the result of the annual health check-up ... Then, he was told that ... he should have the further examination ....

Oh, dear .... Your father has been in excellent health, you know ... ?

[Umi] Yes ... This issue might have made him do such a thing today, Mum ... But, the thing is ... Takuma, Kazuma and I are so happy to see him, anyway ....

Oh, by the way ... Dad is all right here now ... So, please don't worry about a thing, all right ..... ?

Oh, but ... for some reason, Kōsuke-kun was preached ... And, he is shedding tears, though ....

( Crying, sobbing, weeping .... )

Big boys don't cry, you know ... Get a grip ... !!

I'm very sorry ...

To be continued. Next chapter (Chapter 108) appears at "LALA" Magazine, August Issue, which is out (in Japan) on Monday, June 24.

Grandpa's grading scale is very lenient again ....

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